Disney Films That Unknowingly Shaped My Existance!

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I remember as a child I’d sit there engrossed in a movie only to play it again straight after it ended, Disney films always did it for me they allowed me to run away with my imagination! I’d watch Ariel with her lush red locks and mermaid tale and want to become her, I remember trying to make my own mermaid tail once with some cardboard and a pair of tights! Snow White was another fave, although it led me to believe I could be some sort of animal whisperer, Dr Doolittle later only confirmed that theory! No matter how old I get I always go back to Disney, they have a funny way of cheering you up and lifting your energy. Disney movies will forever be my favourites!

It wasn’t until more recently that I’ve got back into watching some of the classic oldies thanks to my eldest. Only now when watching them I’ve realised that they’ve taught me some really valuable life lessons, ones that I didn’t necessarily notice when I was that little girl running away with my imagination. So here they are – 5 Disney movies that unknowingly shaped my very existence!

Beauty & The Beast

I watched this again for the first time in YEARS just the other day, it actually made me feel really emotional (I know – soppy cow) in ways I can’t even explain. Beauty and the beast was without a doubt one of my most watched films as a child. All of the words to the songs came flooding back when I rewatched it, I felt elated! Belle is this beautiful, modest girl that isn’t in the least interested by Gaston the town hunk that all the other girls drool over (Disney are winning with that one). Anyway, things happen and Belle is trapped in this huge castle with the Beast unable to leave. The Beast has terribly poor social skills but deep down has feelings, emotions and a kind heart which Belle witnesses. Belle and the Beast inevitably grow feelings for each other and end up madly in love breaking the beasts spell so magically he turns into a human again.

Moral of the story – Looks aren’t as important as the person inside! Gaston may have been hunky but personality wise he was a real BIG dick. Having a kind and loving heart always wins.

Dumbo

Now dumbo was one of those films that I loved yet hated at the same time. I loved Dumbo but hated the way he was treated it was sometimes hard to watch as a child (so dramatic)! Dumbo has one of the most important life lessons embedded into its storyline that I think we all need a little reminder of from time to time. Dumbo is this cute little elephant with huge ears out of proportion to his body, everyone teases and bullies him for it. Eventually he finds out that he can use his huge ears to fly and everyone then thinks he’s amazing and special because what other elephant can fly!?

Moral of the story – What makes you different, makes you special! Dumbo could do something none of the other elephants could, he turned a negative into a positive.

Pinocchio

I honestly couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this film, its been more than a lot. I was often scared to lie after watching this in fear that my nose would grow bigger (yeah seriously)! Pinocchio is a puppet created by Geppetto a wood crafter, he is magically made alive and told that if he proves to be brave, truthful and unselfish he can be a real boy! Unfortunately Pinocchio is led astray and gets caught up in a stream of his own lies, thats when his nose starts to grow! Pinocchio soon discovers that his creator Gepetto had been swallowed by a whale and in an attempt to save him he sacrifices his own life, he’s later turned into a real boy!

Moral of the story – Lies won’t get you anywhere they are more likely to get you into quite a pickle, but you can always turn that around if you choose to be the best you that you can be. Pinocchio’s lies led him into a dark place but he found himself again and remembered whats more important.

Lilo & Stitch

Heres a film I could recite the entire script to!! My eldest would watch this film a thousand times a day if he could! Lilo is a little girl being taken care of by her older sister Nani after her parents passing, and like most siblings they don’t always get along (I relate to this so much, I am Lilo)!! Lilo ends up buying a pet that doesn’t quite resemble a dog but they believe is one, he’s actually an alien that ends up on earth mistakenly; she names him stitch. Stitch is suppose to be this evil, wrecking machine but through showing him love and giving him a family he becomes civilised and one of their own. The most important line in the whole film is ‘Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind’. Its such a cute, film I love all the songs too!

Moral of the story – Blood makes you family by default, real family are the people you love who love you back. Stitch was able to remind Lilo and Nani the importance of family whilst they taught him love & made him a part of their family.

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Brother Bear

I love brother bear, its one of those films that you get emotionally involved in! Kenai is the youngest of three brothers, their tribe is super spiritual. As a kid you’re given an animal totem (your spirit animal), Kenai’s is a bear but he refuses to acknowledge it by stating all bears are thieves. During the hunting of a bear his eldest brother is killed, Kenai then kills a bear in retaliation. The spirits repay him by transforming him into a bear. Kenai ends up looking after this cute cub called Koda and accompanies him on his mission to find a salmon run. Later on he finds out that Koda’s mum was the bear he killed. Kenai finds out what life as a bear is like and grows attached to Koda, they both feel a strong brotherly bond between them.

Moral of the story – Always give people a chance, Don’t make assumptions or judgements until you have walked a day in thier shoes. It wasn’t until Kenai saw how the other half lived that he realised they aren’t at all how he perceived them to be!

So you see Disney taught me a lot.

xox

95 Comments

  1. Jessica & James October 7, 2016 / 10:34 am

    This is absolutely the cutest and so so true! It’s amazing how much films/shows can teach you, til now I’ll still watch the newest animations (although nothing beats the classics) and being able to watch them and understand the true meaning and thinking, little do these kids know. Amazing, thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James
    Foodandbaker.co.uk

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 10:40 am

      Ahhh its so true!! I’ve been thinking just that when Lucas has been watching them! Glad you enjoyed the post!!

  2. Milli Grace October 7, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Aristocats was my favourite as a kid – but I’m also a huge fan of beauty and the beast, and I know that taught me a lot! Great post!

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 11:49 am

      Aww I never really watched Aristocats I was really into 101 dalmations!!

  3. cattitudeandco October 7, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Great post, it’s amazing how much of an affect cinema has us.

  4. Emily Leary October 7, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Awww, this is so cute! I’m a huge Disney fan and so are my kids. We talk a lot about what the message of each film is after watching and they always have a lot to say!

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      Awwwh thats so awesome!!! I’m going to start doing that with my boys!!

  5. Stressed Mum October 7, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    My Daughter and myself are huge disney films, and like you she could watch them again and again and some she could recite the whole film word for word. I don’t think you ever grow out of Disney and they do and you are right about what they teach x

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      Awwwh that is so cute!! I love how enticing Disney is for all ages!

  6. Nikki ⭐ (@MissSparkles81) October 7, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I love Disney films. I think Dumbo was one of the first films I watched. The Lion KIng always gets me in tears!

  7. hannahhowell912 October 7, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    I love Disney films. I need to rewatch them soon x

  8. stephanie October 7, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Disney definitely taught you a lot! I’ve not seen any of these films in ages, may have to do a movie night this weekend to catch up on them all x

  9. Angela Milnes October 7, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    I can so relate to this post. I have disney movies I remember from childhood but also ones from when I worked in daycare and we had movie mondays. It was always brother bear!

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Awwwh so cute!! I love a bit if nostalgia!

  10. fashionandstylepolice October 7, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    This post took me down memory lane. Loved Beauty and the Beast. I can still remember the sound track.

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 3:34 pm

      Isn’t it great!? I want to watch it again now!

  11. Tancici October 7, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Loved this post. It has really made me want to watch some Disney movies. Beauty and the beast is my all time fave I really want to watch the remake next year!! Xx

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!!! I’m kinda sad about the remakes as I don’t want the originals to get lost! 🙁

  12. Rhian Westbury October 7, 2016 / 11:59 pm

    Despite being a huge disney fan I’ve never seen lilo and stitch or brother bear. Oops x

    • cheskaaanels October 8, 2016 / 8:27 am

      Ahhh no you have to they are both amazing!!

  13. MELANIE EDJOURIAN October 8, 2016 / 12:50 am

    It is great to see that many of these cartoons have lessons to teach.

    • cheskaaanels October 8, 2016 / 8:28 am

      Yeah we often hear of the negatives in Disney so thought it would be nice to show what its taught me!

  14. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 8, 2016 / 9:15 am

    This usually shocks people, but I have never seen a Disney film! I am having a little girl soon though, so I am sure that is all about to change!

    • cheskaaanels October 8, 2016 / 9:33 am

      Okay not gong to lie but that is shocking!! hahaha, ooo you will love them!!!

  15. annalisanuttall October 8, 2016 / 10:02 am

    I love Disney Film – especially Beauty and the Beast. I think that what Walt Disney original aim was with his films – to teach children the value of life. There hasn’t been a topic that Disney hasn’t been afraid to show off – racism/sexism/gender equality/ etc.. After the event of WW1 Walt Disney wanted to teach children to respect human life. I went to his museum in Florida a few years ago and I remember seeing a film about it.

    http://www.annanuttall.com

    • cheskaaanels October 8, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Oh thats awesome!! You can tell that the aim is to teach kids good morals and be good human beings!! I love that you went to the museum how amazing!

  16. WhatLauraLoves October 8, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    Oh this is so sweet! I love watching disney films and when I think about it, there are lots that they taught me…. also gave me unrealistic expectations of a slim waistline and perfect hair!! xxx

    • cheskaaanels October 8, 2016 / 1:19 pm

      Hahahaha yeah that too but for the most part at least they are able to teach good morals!

  17. Milly Youngman October 8, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    There are definitely lessons to be learnt from Disney films – I used to love Beauty and the Beast so much as a kid!

    • cheskaaanels October 8, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      We are watching it right now!! So nostalgic!

  18. fashionmommywm October 8, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Just remembered, reading this post, that I haven’t watched either Dumbo or Pinocchio in years, Love a bit of Disney!

  19. Sarah October 8, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    It is truly amazing how much of an effect Disney films can have on us, isn’t it? Great picks

  20. Amy October 8, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Aww I love Disney and I think it shaped me a lot as a person too!
    A x

  21. Tanya Brannan October 9, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I am even now at 42 a massive Disney fan. My favourite has to be Beauty and The Beast, followed by the Lion King. I still get really emotional in them both!

    • cheskaaanels October 9, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Beauty and the beast is by far the best!! The music, the songs, the characters, the cuteness!! Love it! Glad there are fellow disney lovers!

  22. nicol October 9, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    ive never actually grew up with disney! watched the lion king for the first time a few years ago haha

  23. Jenny October 9, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    I used to love watching Beauty and the Beast and I watched it all the time. I loved the Lion King too but I had to fast forward the part where his Dad dies!! Too sad!

    • cheskaaanels October 9, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      Oh my Gosh that is way to sad, I still cry now hahaha!

  24. Harriet from Toby & Roo October 9, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    You got to love a disney film right? Beauty and the Beast was a huge one for me too – along with Lion King, Pocahontas (which I now am not a fan of knowing the historical inaccuracy), Aladdin and Hercules! I could list so many more that I loved though!

    • cheskaaanels October 9, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Ahhh so many great films!! We watched Hercules today actually!

  25. The Kats Paws October 9, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    There are so many Disney films I must have watched that I don’t remember as an adult, but my favourite is Beauty and the Beast, and I always remember crying when I watched Bambi when I was young. Xx

    • cheskaaanels October 9, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      I remember watching Bambo once and I was in tears, I couldn’t carry on and had to escorted somewhere else hahaha!

  26. keepingupwithMJ October 9, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Omg, I love this post!💗💗💗 Beauty & the beast will always be an all time favorite for me!!😍 I never read a post that went so indepth! Great write up!

    • cheskaaanels October 10, 2016 / 10:06 am

      Awwh great I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Beauty and the beast is the best!!

  27. Kira C October 9, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    I never really watched disney movies as a kid so didn’t really learn much but I really hope that if/when I have kids, they will learn so much!

    • cheskaaanels October 10, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Ahh man its never too late to start watching disney!

  28. jodie October 9, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Aww love the idea of disney teaching you stuff!

  29. Ali October 10, 2016 / 6:43 am

    Ha ha I love this post – my daughter is into Disney films so I’m watching these again now. I must say I haven’t watched the last two though so they are now on my list.

    • cheskaaanels October 10, 2016 / 10:09 am

      Its so weird watching some of the old ones, some are from the 1930’s and way back so its weird seeing them since picture has come a long way since then!

  30. Annie Brooks October 10, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    I think I spend a good amount of my life still quoting Disney films! Aladdin gets the most quotes I must admit. They just make a childhood don’t they.

    • cheskaaanels October 10, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Haha yes!! I LOVE Aladdin, thats one we haven’t seen with the kids yet!!

  31. choclette October 10, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I have a love hate relationship with Disney. I’ll never forget being absolutely traumatised by seeing Bambi’s mother get killed in Snow White.

    • cheskaaanels October 10, 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Bambi is awful!! I don’t think anyone can forgive Disney for that haha!

  32. Lauren October 10, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    I completely agree with Beauty and the Beast – my mum was obsessed with Bambi though and I always found it a bit scary.

  33. Rachel October 10, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Believe it or not, I’ve never seen Lilo and Stitch or Brother Bear 😮 It seems I need to extend my Disney education!

    • cheskaaanels October 10, 2016 / 11:24 pm

      Ooo you definitely need too! You’ll love Lilo and Stitch!!

  34. Helen Costello October 10, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    I still get that sense of fear in my belly at the mere mention of Pinocchio – That film sent chills of terror down my spine for years!

    • cheskaaanels October 10, 2016 / 11:25 pm

      Hahahah!!! I was always really frightened when he turns into the donkey!!

  35. Sally Akins (@SallyAkins) October 11, 2016 / 4:24 am

    I love Disney films – I can’t even think of that scene when Dumbo’s Mom rocks him through the bars of her caravan without tearing up

    • cheskaaanels October 11, 2016 / 7:43 am

      Its all so emosh!! Damn you Disney… Sometimes haha

  36. LaaLaa (@LaaLaaMonroe) October 11, 2016 / 7:24 am

    I don’t think there was a child who wasn’t in love with Disney in their childhood & even now as an adult. Beauty & the Beast, Pocahontas & Cinderella were some of my favs – you were such a cutie xo

    • cheskaaanels October 11, 2016 / 7:44 am

      Haha awwh thank you!! Omg I loved Pocahontas so much!

  37. Charli Bruce October 11, 2016 / 8:57 am

    I adored Disney movies as a kid, actually I still do! Beauty & The Beast and The Lion King are my absolute favourites, they taught me so much. My daughter loves them too and she regularly takes little lessons from them as afterwards she will be like “Mummy, blah, blah, blah” in relation to the film xx

    • cheskaaanels October 11, 2016 / 9:44 am

      Awwwh thats amazing isn’t it!? I love how engrossed kids get with them and the things they say after!

  38. Our Little Organic Life October 11, 2016 / 9:42 am

    I loved Beauty & The Beast growing up too. And The Little Mermaid. I was already grown when Lilo and Stitch came out…but love it anyway. In fact it was on TV a couple weeks ago and I watched it then!

    • cheskaaanels October 11, 2016 / 9:43 am

      Haha yeah same here but its a lovely film isn’t it!?

  39. Lubka Henry October 11, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Wow.. seriously? I had no idea there were so many Disney movies I’ve missed watching!!

  40. Ana De Jesus October 11, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    Beauty and the Beast is a good one but my all time favourite has to be the Lion King. No other Disney film comes close x

  41. Dani October 12, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    This is such a great post! 🙂
    I grew up watching Disney movies and their morals are lovely!

    Dani x

    • cheskaaanels October 12, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      I love Disney!! Its great growing up with Disney!

  42. dearmummyblog October 12, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Our favourite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast and we love the soundtrack! Such a great selection and reasons why you picked them x

    • cheskaaanels October 12, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      I love it too I need to download it and play it when I tidy the house haha!

  43. melissazia90 October 12, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Disney has some great messages! Beauty and the beast is my favourite Disney film 🙂

    • cheskaaanels October 13, 2016 / 12:38 am

      I’m so happy this is so many peoples favourites!! Its honestly the best!

  44. Georgia October 12, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    Oh how I love Disney and like you I now watch them for a cheer up on days I feel a bit bleh! But one film that’s stuck with me my entire life and had a huge impact was the Fox and The Hound. It taught us we are all born good, social conditioning has a lot to do with not accepting people. Always be kind to people even if they are different from you. To be honest this one is the deepest of all the Disney films I my opinion, it just spews with life lessons and it’s my favourite and now my daughters.

    • cheskaaanels October 13, 2016 / 12:39 am

      Omg thats so cute!!! I didn’t ever watch it so thats now on my list!! What a great lesson to learn and so important for little minds to learn as they grow too!!

  45. Rachel October 18, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    This is such a lovely post and it is surprisingly what Disney films can and do teach you in life. Even now I hear my Nan saying things like “Don’t tell lies or your nose will grow as big as Pinocchio”

  46. Jodie October 19, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    It’s amazing how disney still teaches life lessons to affect you in life. Great post! I remember my friend mocking me for not seeing Bambi. How will I cope with my parents dying without it? How would I know the circle of life without seeing Lion king etc?

    • cheskaaanels October 19, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      Its so true these things have helped me the same!!

  47. Ashton Jade Gibbs 🏝 (@ashtongibbs) October 19, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    Aw, I absolutely love this post! I haven’t watched some of these in so long, and I’ve not actually seen Brother Bear at all! So bad of me. I definitely think I’m due a Disney night soon, and I’ll be starting with Lilo and Stitch. It’s one of my faves and I always manage to blub like a baby!

    Ashton x
    ashtonjade.co.uk

    • cheskaaanels October 20, 2016 / 7:53 am

      Awwwh I’m so glad you enjoyed this post!! Ahhh brother bear is such a lovely film although I feel I cry at most disney movies now lol!!!

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